Next hearing in Supreme Court on petition filed against gay marriage decision on November 28

Supreme Court: A petition seeking review of its verdict denying legal recognition to gay marriage was mentioned before the Supreme Court on Thursday for hearing in open court. A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice JB Pardiwala and Justice Manoj Mishra took cognizance of the representations of senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the petitioners, that in order to resolve the problems of people requesting for recognition of same-sex marriage. There is a need for hearing in open court.

‘Revision petition not yet reviewed’

The Chief Justice said, “I have not yet reviewed the (revision) petition.” Let me distribute it (among the judges of that Constitution Bench).” Rohatgi said that all the judges of the Constitution Bench are of the view that homosexual persons are discriminated against and hence they also need relief. He said that as per the apex court registration, the revision petition is listed for hearing on November 28.

Four separate decisions were given on 21 petitions

A petitioner had filed a petition in the first week of November requesting review of the apex court’s October 17 decision. The Constitution Bench led by the Chief Justice had given four separate verdicts on 21 petitions requesting legal approval of same-sex marriage.

Unanimous refusal to legalize gay marriage!

All five judges had unanimously refused to give legal recognition to gay marriage under the Special Marriage Act and had said that it was the job of Parliament to make a law in this regard. The apex court had ruled by a majority of three to two that gay couples do not have the right to adopt children.

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